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The Best Dolly Parton Movies 

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List of the best Dolly Parton movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Since making her big screen debut in Nine to Five in 1980, Dolly Parton has been a delightful addition to every film of which she has been a part of the cast. Dolly Parton's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Dolly Parton movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Dolly Parton movies will be at the top of the list. Dolly Parton has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Dolly Parton movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Dolly Parton films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Dolly Parton role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Dolly Parton performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

The list you're viewing is made up of different films like Steel Magnolias and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Dolly Parton movies?" and "What are the greatest Dolly Parton roles of all time?" If you are a fan of country music stars who also act, you might also enjoy our list of best Tim McGraw movies and best Dwight Yoakam movies

Dolly Parton has been in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Aretha Franklin and Tanya Tucker in terms of fame and success.

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Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine

Released: 1989

Directed by: Herbert Ross

Steel Magnolias is a 1989 American comedy-drama film directed by Herbert Ross, based on the 1987 play by Robert Harling. A young beautician (Daryl Hannah), newly arrived in a small Louisiana ...more

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Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin

Released: 1980

Directed by: Colin Higgins

9 to 5 is a 1980 American comedy film written by Patricia Resnick and Colin Higgins, directed by Higgins, and starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, and Dabney Coleman. The film ...more

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Dolly Parton, Burt Reynolds, Jim Nabors

Released: 1982

Directed by: Colin Higgins

This film is a 1982 American musical comedy film co-written, produced and directed by Colin Higgins. It is an adaptation of the 1978 Broadway musical of the same name and stars Dolly Parton and ...more

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Dolly Parton, Lee Majors, Dan Hedaya

Released: 1986

Directed by: Henry Winkler

A Smoky Mountain Christmas is a 1986 fantasy television film directed by Henry Winkler. It stars Dolly Parton and Lee Majors. It was originally broadcast on ABC on December 4 1986.
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Teri Hatcher, Dolly Parton, James Woods

Released: 1992

Directed by: Barnet Kellman

Straight Talk is an 1992 American comedy-film distributed by Hollywood Pictures, directed by Barnet Kellman and starring Dolly Parton and James Woods. Parton did not receive star-billing in any ...more

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Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah, Kris Kristofferson

Released: 2012

Directed by: Todd Graff

Joyful Noise is a 2012 American musical comedy-drama film, starring Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Keke Palmer, Courtney B. Vance, and introducing Jeremy Jordan. It was written and directed by ...more
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Dolly Parton, Allison Mack, Roddy McDowall

Released: 1996

Directed by: Michael Switzer

Unlikely Angel is a 1996 American Christmas TV movie starring Dolly Parton which premiered on CBS in 1996.
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Sylvester Stallone, Richard Farnsworth, Tim Thomerson

Released: 1984

Directed by: Bob Clark

Rhinestone is a 1984 musical comedy film directed by Bob Clark with a screenplay by Sylvester Stallone and Phil Alden Robinson; the film stars Stallone and Dolly Parton. The film is based on the ...more

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Sandra Bullock, Dolly Parton, William Shatner

Released: 2005

Directed by: John Pasquin

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous is a 2005 comedy film directed by John Pasquin, starring Sandra Bullock. It is a sequel to the 2000 film Miss Congeniality. Bullock, who also produced the ...more

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Dolly Parton, Sam Bush, Billy Dean

Released: 1999

Directed by: Richard A. Colla

Set in the heartland of country music, Dolly Parton stars as a young woman has played every rustic bar in her small home town, ever since she was a little girl.  She's performed up and down ...more
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Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Gary Busey

Released: 1991

Directed by: Joan Tewkesbury

Wild Texas Wind is an 1991 American made-for-television drama film distributed by Sandollar Productions, directed by Joan Tewkesbury and starring Dolly Parton, Gary Busey, and Ray Benson. Parton ...more
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Ozzy Osbourne, Emily Blunt, Hulk Hogan

Released: 2011

Directed by: Kelly Asbury

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Dolly! Dolly Parton, Ralph Emery
Dolly! is a television variety show starring country music star Dolly Parton that aired in first-run syndication in 1976. In the mid-1970s, Parton was approached by Bill Graham, president of ...more
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Dolly Parton & Friends Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris

Released: 1976

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Dolly Parton and Friends: On the Country Train Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn

Released: 2003

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For the Love of Dolly

Released: 2006

Directed by: Tai Uhlmann

For the Love of Dolly is a 2006 documentary film directed by Tai Uhlmann. It focuses on five colorful Dolly Parton fans and explores their fascination with the singer. The film made its debut at ...more
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Dolly Parton, Tracy Morgan, Molly Sims

Released: 2002

Directed by: Arlene Sanford

Frank McKlusky, C.I. is a 2002 comedy film written by Dave Sheridan and Mark Perez, and directed by Arlene Sanford. The film stars Sheridan in the titular role. The film was given a very limited ...more
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Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Jerry Lee Lewis

Released: 2005

Directed by: Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon

He's been a producer to Elvis Presley and U2, an Arthur Murray dance instructor, best friend to Johnny Cash, Sam Phillips' right-hand man, a U.S. Marine, a slasher-film producer, and he ...more
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Whoopi Goldberg, Dolly Parton, Tim Curry

Released: 1999

Directed by: Robert Townsend

Jackie's Back is a 1999 television film directed by Robert Townsend. It premiered on the Lifetime Television Network on June 14, 1999.
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Chet Atkins: A Life in Music Dolly Parton, Peter Frampton, Waylon Jennings

Released: 2000

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Evan Rachel Wood, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers

Released: 1997

Directed by: Jerry London

Get to the Heart: The Barbara Mandrell Story is a 1997 biography drama directed by Jerry London.
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Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Earl Scruggs

Released: 1979

Directed by: Robert Elfstrom

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Tootsie's Orchid Lounge Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Billy Ray Cyrus

Released: 1995